[CHATHAM, NY] For the twelfth consecutive year, PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century presents a series of free afternoon performances especially for kids and their families. This year PS21’s “Just For Fun” program features Native American storytelling, a history of protest songs, modern dance, tap, and African dancing and drumming. The events will be held Fridays at 1:00pm July 21 through August 18, at The Tent at PS21, 2980 Route 66 in Chatham, NY.
We love the share the variety of the performing arts with our young audiences,” said PS21 President Judy Grunberg. “Dance gets the kids up and moving, and music and theatre provide new skills for expression and communication. The arts can expand a child’s ability to understand and interact with the world. And it’s also just a lot of fun!
JUST FOR FUN: Free Performances for Kids
All Just For Fun events are free and begin at 1:00pm
Stories from the Longhouse told by Stephanie Marie Fox
Friday, July 21, 1:00 p.m.
Storyteller Stephanie Marie Fox shares the rich oral tradition of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy). The stories, which have been passed down through the generations, help to explain the natural world around us. Kenien’ke:ha, the Mohawk language, is interwoven into these lively and entertaining tales.
Songs and Sounds of Freedom
Friday, July 28, 1:00 p.m.
Sheri Bauer Mayorga, accompanied by pianist Lincoln Mayorga, leads kids in a program of songs that tell stories and help people stand up for what’s right: “Factory Girl,” “Weave Room Blues,” “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around,” “We the People,” “Go Ahead.”
Friday, August 4, 1:00 p.m.
For the first time in their 12 years performing at PS21, this internationally renowned dance company performs a special program just for kids! Company dancers will get audience members on stage to learn some of Parsons fun and unique dance moves.
Caleb Teicher and Company
Friday, August 11, 1:00 p.m.
Tap dancer Caleb Teicher started dancing professionally in New York City with Dorrance Dance at the age of 16. Now he has his own dance company, which is heralded as an exciting new dance company to watch. He and his dancers will show off and share their awesome tap skills in this special performance for kids.
West African Dance & Drum Workshop Performance
Friday, August 18, 1:00 p.m.
Choreographer/dancer Jamal Jackson, drummer Frank Malloy IV, and the kids from the dance and drum workshop sweep us up in a high energy display of West African dance from Mali. This performance is an annual favorite!
PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is a not-for-profit organization in Chatham, NY, dedicated to the performing arts and to serving a diverse community with concerts, programs and residencies by professional artists and ensembles, youth and children’s programming and cultural education opportunities for all ages. Visit ps21chatham.org or call 518.392.6121 for more information.
Thank you to supporters of our Youth Arts Education Programs and Just for Fun series: New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo & the New York State Legislature, Hudson River Bank & Trust Company Foundation, Stewart’s Holiday Match Fund (Just for Fun), and PS21 members.